November 2018 Street Photography Contest Submissions – Rat’s eye view

November 2018 Street Photography Contest Submissions – Rat’s eye view

November 2018 monthly theme contest

Dear Readers,

The eleventh Monthly Theme Contest photos for 2018 have been submitted and we have made our choices. Please keep in mind that the process of choosing a photo from the November 2018 Street Photography Contest Submissions was not easy!

But let’s take a look at all the photos that were submitted and accepted in this Monthly Theme Contest.

ATTENTION: The photos that didn’t meet the Theme or the Editors criteria were not chosen to be in the shortlist. They have been disqualified or removed. If your pic isn’t in the shortlist, don’t get discouraged. Try again next month!

At this moment I would like to thank each and every participant for submitting their“Rat’s Eye View” photograph. We have a collection 9 valid submissions which can all be seen below.

The November 2018 Street Photography Contest Submissions

Here are our favourite 9 photos that made it through our strict Editors criteria! 

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*All images that were not sent in at the correct size, have been resized. This might affect the quality of entries that were sent in very small sizes.

The November 2018 Street Photography Contest editors picks

Every month each one of us here at will pick one photo as a nominee. Here are the photos we chose and the reasons why:

Nominee No1

Analysis by Andrew Sweigart, editor

“How low can you go? Rats eye view is a very, very cool prospective to shoot from, and it’s not the easiest to execute. Just getting down to ground level isn’t enough. The shooter has to compose a good shot while they’re at an angle which is “unnatural” to most photographers. When rat’s eye prospective is nailed, it opens up another level of seeing that goes unnoticed by most of us in our daily comings and goings. It’s a refreshing alternative to looking at life at human eye level through a lens. In this shot, the photographer makes great use of a leading line with the the yellow curb. The line made by the pale yellow painted pavement leads to the child sitting on it further in the background? A very cool connection is made between the child and the line with the yellow shirt the child is wearing. To add to the coolness of the shot is how the child is positioned between the girl on the left and the pair on the motorbike/moped on the right! And an added bonus is how the two weeds in front of the girl on the left ascend in height up to her like cellphone signal bars. Nicely done!” 

"Rat's Eye View" Street Photograph by Bryan Dave Casundo
“Rat’s Eye View” Street Photograph by Bryan Dave Casundo

Nominee No2

Analysis by Digby Fullam, editor

“Having myself attempted (and notably failed at) a great many ‘rat’s eye view’ perspective shots, I can attest to just how difficult they are to execute at all, let alone successfully. The photographer needs to either shoot blind, awkwardly with their LCD screen tilted up, or even more awkwardly from a close to prone position on the ground! All of this makes composing nicely and timing a shot well nigh on impossible! How brilliant then, that this photographer has managed to so skilfully achieve this here. Virtually in the centre of the shot and nicely dissecting the frame is our focal point, clad in very visible orange shorts and t-shirt. His legs mid stride create a great triangle in the lower centre of the frame from which sprouts another headless man laying sunbathing, whose legs also form a triangle shape mirroring that of our main subject. On the left hand side of the shot we have another mirror effect, this time in the form of frozen motion again, with the older man caught mid-stride moving in the opposite direction to our orange-shorted focal point. This time we can actually see his head, but as is in keeping with the rest of the shot it is not really the subject – it is facing away and we can hardly make it out at all. Finally in the bottom right hand corner of the frame there is the woman sitting down facing in a totally opposite direction to every other character in the frame adding some nice variety. Again, she forms a great shape, with her upper body and hair swept diagonally upwards, running almost perpendicular to the orange shorts right leg. All these elements interplay wonderfully to link together to form a fantastic work of composition that really works as a cohesive whole. A fantastic street photo, well done!!”

"Rat's Eye View" Street Photograph by Markos Kyprianos
“Rat’s Eye View” Street Photograph by Markos Kyprianos

Nominee No3

Analysis by Spyros Papaspyropoulos, editor

“Really there is nothing more for me to add as far as the “Rat’s Eye View” perspective is concerned. My colleagues have covered the subject 100%! The only thing that I would like to add is the simple definition for the rat’s eye view shot, which is that it has to be a photo taken from ground level. Anything higher than that, isn’t a rat’s eye view shot. This time round, I was the last to choose from the pool of photos. I decided to choose a photo that would make me feel as if I was actually a rat! So, after looking though the available images, I stopped at this one. I imagined myself to be a little rodent, running on the grass in a garden, looking up a the huge human lying in his hammock, trying to go unnoticed. The sun shining on my fury face, the smell of grass under my nose and the feeling of damp ground touching my little feet. I really enjoyed the “vision” I experienced and the way this image made me feel. Nice one!”

"Rat's Eye View" Street Photograph by Ute Herzog
“Rat’s Eye View” Street Photograph by Ute Herzog

Nominee No4

Analysis by John Hughes, Associate Street Hunter

“Wow, so many good photos this month. I could’ve chosen so many, but no.4 jumped out at me. I love getting low to the ground to capture moments that most people would miss, this photographer has a great eye, the leading lines used so that the viewer’s eye goes straight to the subject is wonderful. I also like the photographer’s decision to use monochrome as I don’t think the photo would’ve worked in color. Well done to everyone this month.”

"Rat's Eye View" Street Photograph by Lewnidas Gkipalis
“Rat’s Eye View” Street Photograph by Lewnidas Gkipalis

The winner will win the Feature Interview on the website and more!

The photograph that wins the Monthly Theme Contest will receive the following prizes:

  1. The winning photo will be featured on our website in the respective “Announcing the winner” post and will also be featured for 1 month as our cover photo on our FacebookTwitter and Google Plus pages.
  2. The Street Photographer that shot the winning photo will be interviewed by our Editorial team and his/her work will be featured on our website and on our Youtube channel.
  3. At the end of the year we will upload a video presentation of all the winning photos along with narrations by the winners themselves, explaining the story behind their photograph.

Stay Sharp & Keep Shooting!


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